WBA Puts Murodjon Akhmadaliev Vs. Ronny Rios Back On Track
It looks like the super-fight which was once scrapped at the eleventh hour is back on.
Murodjon Akhmadaliev (10-0, 7KOs) and Ronny Rios (33-3, 16KOs) are set to meet in 2022 after the WBA ordered Akhmadaliev to defend his “super” title against the California native.
In a recent statement, Carlos Chavez, the chairman of the WBA Championship Committee, declared Rios the mandatory challenger and ordered the fighters to agree to terms so that they can trade haymakers before April 24.
On November 19, Akhmadaliev was due to face Rios in Manchester, but Rios contracted COVID-19. He was replaced by Jose Velazquez. Akhmadaliev continued his unbeaten streak against the Chilean striker as he outpointed him to race to a voluntary title defense.
But Rios is now not the only man he is worried to lose his title to.
Akhmadaliev is scheduled to defend his IBF junior featherweight against Marlon Tapales. A purse bid hearing for their bout will take place on Friday, January 28.
As for Rios, this will be his second career title fight once his fight against the WBA titlist is confirmed.
In his first experience in August 2017, Rey Vargas beat him by unanimous decision for the WBC junior featherweight title. Since then, Rio has won five of his last six fights.